File Extension EML

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    Email Message Format
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Have you encountered a problem with a EML file? Don’t you know which program opens a file with this extension? You will find all the information you need about working with a EML file here. In the further part of this page we have added a list of programs that should open your EML file. It is enough you choose a proper application for your operating system, download and install it.


Files with the extension EML are plain text files which additionally contain the header information and / or attachments and hyperlinks of emails. They are formatted in a proprietary format by Microsoft. This standard is used by eg Microsoft Outlook and many other email programs.

The files contain emails that have been saved for forwarding or backup. The formatting is similar to mht, the storage format for Microsoft Internet Explorer web pages. Therefore, Internet Explorer can display EML files.

Thanks to emlBridge almost any email program can import EML files.

Some malware generates EML files, so it's a good idea to check EML files attached to an email with an antivirus program.

Since the text of the email is stored as simple text, an EML file can also be opened and read with a text editor.

Programs which can open a EML file

How to open a EML file? Advice and guidance

Absolutely most often appearing reason that prevents you from opening the EML file is the lack of a proper application to support it in your operating system. It is notably the first thing you need to address. When one of the programs to support a EML file from the list is already installed, you can try to rerun the file. The system should display a message asking you to choose a primary application to support EML files. At this point we are looking for disk space where the application was installed in and we can link it with a EML file. Since then, our operating system will use the selected program to support all EML files.

Other issues

Despite the described problem with EML there may be many more problems. If the existing operations were not effective, get involved with the following matters:

- verify that the EML file is not damaged and that it has been downloaded or copied in whole
- verify that the file has a file extension that has not been intentionally changed (for example, if it do not contain other information than its extension suggests)
- make sure again whether the EML file type is linked in the operating system with a proper program
- make sure that the file is not infected with a virus and you have up to date software and drivers.

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